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Jacqueline Frances Labofish
November 29, 1921
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||September 21, 2020 (aged 98)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1945; div. 1957)
(m. 1959, divorced)
|Children||3, including Sylvester and Frank|
Sistine Stallone (granddaughter)
Jacqueline Frances Stallone (née Labofish; November 29, 1921 – September 21, 2020) was an American astrologer, dancer and wrestling promoter. She was the mother of actor Sylvester Stallone, singer Frank Stallone, and actress Toni D'Alto, the latter by her former husband Anthony Filiti.
Jacqueline Frances Labofish was born on November 29, 1921, in Washington, D.C., the older of two girls. Her father, John Paul Labofish (January 15, 1891–September 11, 1956), was a Washington lawyer. Her mother, Jeanne Victoria Anne "Adrienne" Clerec (July 29, 1901–February 4, 1974), was French, from Brittany. Her parents had met while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy at Brest (Brittany) after the First World War. Her paternal grandparents, Rose (Lamlec) and Charles Labofisz, were Jewish immigrants from Odessa, Ukraine, then a part of the Russian Empire.
Her family lived with body builder Charles Atlas who trained the family in gymnastics, weight lifting, and jogging, when she was a girl.  Stallone was the first woman to have a daily television show on exercise and weight lifting in Washington, D.C., and later opened a women-only gym, named Barbella's. During her youth, Stallone was a trapeze artist in a circus and a chorus girl in a nightclub. She was also a hairdresser. Her son Sylvester's father was Italian American Frank Stallone Sr. She lived relatively quietly for most of her life. Even after Sylvester starred in the film Rocky in 1976, she remained unknown to the general public as his mother.
In the 1970s, she owned and operated a facial salon in which she used her own concoctions to treat several skin issues. In her salon, which was on 71st Collins Ave in Miami Beach, she had a huge poster of Sylvester Stallone and The Lords of Flatbush. Stallone was just starting to make it big as an actor and she was very proud. She talked often to her clients about her three children. She enjoyed talking for hours to one client in particular, she would read her palm and entertain her with her love for astrology.
Stallone appeared on the 1980s wrestling program GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Stallone was shown rapping with Americana, Mt. Fiji, and Susie Spirit behind her. She rapped about Aunt Kittie's girls and making them kitty litter. Stallone became famous in her own right during the mid-1990s, by publishing astrology books, making television appearances, and setting up a psychic hotline where she would charge telephone callers for advice from her and other operators. She also invented the term rumpology, which, according to her, is an art similar to that of palm reading except that the procedure is done by examining pictures of people's rear ends. She also claimed that she could consult dogs to find out about the future. She also became involved in the cosmetics industry, launching facial masks and other products that she claimed cured skin problems.
On May 21, 1992, Stallone appeared on The Howard Stern Show and engaged in a heated on-air argument with Sylvester's dad, Frank Stallone Sr. She accused him of being horrible in bed and wanting to have Sylvester aborted. She said that she faked the abortion and that Frank did not know about it until she gave birth. Several curse words were said and some were not censored.
In January 2005, she appeared on the UK TV series Celebrity Big Brother as a "surprise" contestant. She was brought onto the show to create tension within the "house", as her former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with whom she notoriously did not get along, was also a contestant. Stallone was the first contestant voted out by viewers after spending four days in the house.
In popular culture
In 1994, Stallone was parodied in a Saturday Night Live skit in which Janeane Garofalo played Stallone. In the skit, Stallone advertised a psychic hotline telling of her two sons "Sylvester, the famous star, and Frank, a struggling musician". Stallone encouraged customers to call so she could steer them away from the "Frank" (negativity) in their lives and toward the "Sylvester" (success).
Her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother 3 in the United Kingdom was parodied on the British TV comedy show French and Saunders, with Dawn French playing Stallone and Jennifer Saunders playing Brigitte Nielsen.
In Absolutely Fabulous, Season 1, Episode 1, entitled "Fashion" (1992), Saffy mistakes £300 worth of royal jelly for honey and eats it on toast, to which Edina says, "This is the stuff, sweetie... Jackie Stallone would kill for this, darling".
Jackie Stallone had three children and seven grandchildren. Her eldest grandchild Sage Stallone died unexpectedly in 2012. She had another grandson and three granddaughters through eldest son Sylvester, a grandson Rob Stallone through Frank, and a grandson through her late daughter Toni Filiti.
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